The University Senate of Michigan Technological University
(Voting Units: Academic Departments)
AMENDMENTS TO PROPOSAL 10-98, EMERITUS/EMERITA PROFESSOR
Proposal 10-98 is amended as follows.
The Senate recommends the adoption of the following University policy and
procedures that deal with the appointment and perquisites of faculty members holding
1. Emeritus/Emerita faculty status is an honorary rank awarded to a retired faculty
member who has served Michigan Technological University with distinction for
at least 10 years of full-time employment. Independent of their previous
positions, all emeriti/emeritae have the same rank, Professor Emeritus/Emerita,
except that the retired faculty member may elect to retain the title at which
2. The retiree's department/school, through a procedure defined in its charter, shall
make a recommendation for the Emeritus/Emerita status to the President for
presentation to the Board of Control. This procedure, which shall include
approval by department/school faculty and an appeal system, may be initiated
by the retiree or his/her department/school. New emeriti/emeritae will be given
public recognition and an honorary certificate at a ceremony during the nearest
appropriate public ceremony.
- 3. All emeriti/emeritae shall be granted the following privileges:
- (a) Identification card as an emeritus/emerita faculty member.
- (b) An e-mail address, a mail address and departmental mailbox (if desired).
- (c) Continuing notification after retirement about all important developments
or changes affecting their interests or relations with Michigan Tech or the
- (d) Listing with the faculty in all catalogues.
- (e) Listing with the faculty in all appropriate campus and departmental
directories and databases.
- (f) Invited participation in public ceremonies, such as commencement,
academic procession, convocation, and others.
- (g) Invited attendance at faculty meetings (the University level).
- (h) Eligibility to all University or college functions open to the faculty.
- (i) Invitation to participate in appropriate campus and departmental
seminars, colloquia, lectures, and other scholarly meetings as both
audience and contributors.
- (j) Permanent parking privileges.
- (k) Receipt of all campus publications and sources of information (printed or
electronic versions), including advance notice of events.
- (l) Full faculty library privileges.
- (m) Full faculty privileges in using campus recreational and social facilities
(such as SDC, MUB, etc.) and access to all cultural and social events
restricted to the MTU community.
- (n) Eligibility for active emeriti/emeritae to be granted the graduate faculty
- (o) Eligibility for appointment or election to University, College/School,
Departmental and Senate committees.
- (p) Provision for the establishment of an association of emeriti/emeritae.
- (q) Access to campus facilities by the emeritus/emerita association for
meetings and reunions.
- (r) Non-voting representation of the emeritus/emerita association on the
- 4. Emeriti/emeritae are eligible to be recommended by their departments/schools
for the following activities:
- (a) Invited attendance at faculty meetings (the departmental level).
- (b) Adequate office space and telephone service.
- (c) Access to computer services.
- (d) Access to secretarial assistance, stationery and supplies for professional
- (e) Faculty mailing privileges.
- (f) Selective invitation to participate on departmental committees, with
specified voting privileges.
- (g) Priority status in departmental part-time teaching.
- (h) The opportunity for active emeriti/emeritae to receive institutional support
for proposals submitted to funding agencies.
- (i) Eligibility to administer grants, contracts and other research projects
funded by governmental agencies, foundations, and gifts.
- (j) Eligibility to supervise the masters and doctoral degrees, and to serve on
appropriate advisory and examining committees.
- (k) Eligibility to receive help in defraying travel and other costs incurred in
presenting papers or chairing sessions at professional meetings.
5. Existing emeritus/emerita faculty titles shall be changed to the rank of
Professor Emeritus or Professor Emerita, except that the emeritus/emerita
faculty may elect to retain the title at which they retired.
Introduced to Senate: 25 February 2002
Approved by Senate: 13 March 2002
Approved by Administration: 31 March 2002
Became Senate Policy 703.1